Education & Outreach

Education and OutreachCommunity Presentations

SCIL staff as well as the volunteers on our “Close-Up Panel” will gladly make a presentation to your group or business at no charge. A few of the topics you might be interested in are: Disability Sensitivity, Disability Laws, SCIL Services, Accommodating the Employee with a Disability, and Access in the Home. We will tailor the presentation to your group and particular needs.

Disability Law Presentations

There are many laws affecting people with disabilities that staff can provide technical consultation and explanation including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Act, The Rehabilitation Act, Air Carrier Access Act, and others for individuals or groups.

Resource Library

SCIL has a library of disability materials, including books, articles, videotapes, and cassette tapes that may be used for reference during our business hours.

Access Surveys

SCIL performs both architectural and programmatic surveys of businesses, schools, apartment complexes, and government entities. Most surveys are fee-based and include a complete written report of findings. Our Access Team will also assist in determining the most cost-effective solutions to any barriers you might have and assist in meeting compliance with existing disability laws. Call us for friendly assistance!

assisting consumers through technologyPeer Supporter Training

Peer Support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. It commonly refers to an program consisting of trained supporters, and can take a number of forms such as peer mentoring, listening, or counseling. Peer support is also used to refer to initiatives where colleagues, members of self help organizations and others meet as equals to give each other support on a reciprocal basis. Peer in this case is taken to imply that each person has no more expertise as a supporter than the other and the relationship is one of equality. This philosophy is based on an “each one, teach one” experience and can relate to others who are now in a similar situation.

Southwest Center for Independent Living (SCIL) offers a multi-session training to teach proper peer support from the disability perspective. If you would like additional information, please contact our offices 417.886.1188 or E-Mail Us.

Support and Recreational Groups

SCIL presently hosts a wide variety of support and recreational groups and can recommend other support groups within the community.  Group description available on the Support and Recreation Groups page. Specific dates and how to register available on the Events page.

If you would like additional information, please contact our offices 417.886.1188 or E-Mail Us.


Disability Awareness Booklet